TOWN BOARD MEETING

JUNE 17, 2008

 

PUBLIC HEARING ON LOCAL LAW #2

Dog License Penalty Fees

 

A Public Hearing was held on Thursday, June 27th, 2008 at 7:15 PM on Local Law No. 2 Dog License Penalty Fees with the following persons in attendance:

 

                                    Absent:           Supervisor John Coutant

                                                            Deputy Supervisor Wayne Freer

                                                            Councilperson Gloria VanVliet

                                                            Councilperson Deborah Silvestro

                                                            Councilperson Carl Belfiglio

 

                                    Administrative Recorder:     Diane L. McCord, Town Clerk

 

 

 

Insert Public Hearing Notice

 

Public Comment:

 

Margaret Yost:  Every dog owner should have a license and be serious about having the responsibility of owning a dog.

 

Councilperson Carl Belfiglio said many people forget to license their dogs and we are unable  to charge a penalty fee because we have not enacted a local law to do so.  In order to license your dog you must have a rabies vaccination certificate so it is a safety factor. 

 

A Motion to close te Public Hearing was made at 7:20 PM by Councilperson Wayne Freer

and seconded by Councilperson Carl Belfiglio.  All Town Board Members present voted in favor.  The public hearing was closed.

 

 

            TOWN BOARD MEETING

JUNE 19, 2008

 

A regularly scheduled meeting of the Town of Esopus Town Board was held on Thursday, June 19th 2008 at 7:35 PM in the Town Hall on Broadway in Port Ewen, New York with the following persons in attendance:

 

                                    Absent:           Supervisor John Coutant

                                                            Deputy Supervisor Wayne Freer

                                                            Councilperson Gloria VanVliet

                                                            Councilperson Deborah Silvestro

                                                            Councilperson Carl Belfiglio

 

                                    Administrative Recorder:     Diane L. McCord, Town Clerk

 

PLEDGE TO THE FLAG.

 

Boy Scout Troop 26 led the Pledge to the Flag

 

 

TOWN HALL UPDATE

 

Charles Wesley - Clerk of the Works gave the following report:

 

Progress from Friday, May 16th through Thursday, June 19th 2008

 

(22 possible working days) (22) working days logged for this period (0) days lost.

 

*          Roofing is complete throughout.

 

 


C         Exterior wall plywood sheathing is complete and preparations are being made for “Stone-flex” finish panels to be installed.


C         Upper Level ceiling sheet rock and insulation is complete.


C         Lower level framed participation are 50% complete, and will be 100% by the end of this week.

C         Lower level plumbing, HVAC, and fire sprinkler systems are complete and upper level HVAC system is in progress.

C         Electrical switchgear is in place and lower level electrical system is in progress.

C         Windows have been delivered to the site, and are being installed.

C         Topsoil has been placed and the lawns have been seeded.

C         Site lighting pole bases have been placed throughout the site.

C         The retention pond has been tested with recent heavy rains and performs as designed.

C         Location has been set for the Main Entrance ign, and sign has been designed.  (Our sign will be donated through the efforts of the Maple Ridge Community).

C         Keying schedule is nearly complete and is ready for submission to the contractor.

C         At this point we remain on schedule and slightly below budget.  (Prime Contracts).

 

There was discussion about the signs for the Town Hall.  Charlie Wesley said the state would not provide a sign for the Town Hall because there was no precedent for this and they did not want to begin one.  Maple Ridge will donate our sign but there was a questions as to where it would be placed and could our own signs be placed on private property to indicate the Town Hall was ahead (i.e. Van Loans’, Coles’ Plumbing?)  The state said we could put our own signs wherever.

 

There was discussion about the installation of conduit and pull boxes for solar photo-voltaic system.  The cost would be $6,668 with the excavation being done by Merit, and the cost of the conduit and the material we would use included

 

PUBLIC COMMENT:

 

Kelly Tomaseski - Town of Esopus Library

 

There will be a Blood Drive at the Town of Esopus Library in conjunction with Riverview Condominiums on June 30th from 4-8 PM.  Everyone is invited.  There was a question concerning the Library working with the Summer Park Program and the answer is they are working together.

 

Susan Holland - Environmental Board Member

 

Ms. Holland encouraged the Town Board to review our old Comprehensive Plan.  She asked them to approve the digging of the trench for solar photo-voltaic system.  Some of us are struggling to bring tourist in.  Green itinerary is here whether we believe it or not.

 

  

 

          

 

1.  Resolution for Raymond Wapner - River Road - Emergency Water Hook-up

 

Due to the flooding on River Road Raymond Wapner’s well is now unusable.  He has come to the town to request emergency help to supply water.   He will later have to apply for a water district extension.  This property is next to our water treatment plant and it is an accident the property was not included in the water district.  The following resolution will grant Raymond Wapner emergency help.

 

RESOLUTION TO SUPPLY EMERGENCY WATER HOOK-UP

FOR RAYMOND WAPNER PROPERTY 06-19-08

 

BE IT RESOLVED, by the Town Board of the Town of Esopus, in the County of Ulster, as follows,

 

WHEREAS, Raymond Wapner’s home located at 135 River Road, Ulster Park, Town of Esopus suffered damages from the shifting of River Road and has lost his water supply,

 

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Town of Esopus Town Board authorizes the Port Ewen Water/Sewer District Superintendent to provide an emergency hookup for Raymond Wapner’s home as soon as possible.

 

Resolution offered by Councilperson Carl Belfiglio

Resolution seconded by Councilperson Deborah Silvestro

 

                                                Absent:           Supervisor John Coutant

                                                                        Councilperson Gloria VanVliet

                                                                        Councilperson Wayne Freer 

                                                                        Councilperson Deborah Silvestro

                                                                        Councilperson Carl Belfiglio

 

Resolution duly adopted.

 

2.  Water Plant - Bond/Repair

 

Some members of the Town Board had some questions for Supt. Don Kiernan concerning the water plant repairs.  Councilperson Gloria VanVliet asked if we had the money to make these repairs?  Councilperson Carl Belfiglio asked on PW66 with a check we received from SEMO

in the amount of $59,117.49 and whatever interest we had from the bank, why can’t that money be used for the study?    We had talked with Maryann Warbler from SEMA and she said as long as we use that money in the confines of whatever was mentioned in the PW that it as fine.  He was sure we could use that money for the hydro-geology report.   Supt. Don Kiernan said we still have not used that money.  Supt. Don Kiernan said eventually you will submit bills to FEMA.  What they are saying to us is to move on with the hydro-geology report.  This drilling will be done on

 

 

Port Ewen Water District property.....it is not going to be done on private property.  We need to get going on the hydro-geology report to figure out if the slope can be stabilized and we must be stabilized to get the plant back in operation.  Secondly, if the plant can be stabilized we need to bond for the money to be available to proceed. with the repairs.

 

Councilperson Freer asked the board this evening to get the study done?  Supervisor Coutant spoke with Bob Ranger about the bonding and they are prepared to go ahead with the bonding once we have the figures available.  Councilperson Carl Belfiglio said if the slope is not able to be stabilized  FEMA would be responsible to relocate our water treatment plant.  Bonding is a sixty to ninety day process.  Councilperson VanVliet asked what we needed to do now?  We need to get  this study going?  Supt. Kiernan said we are proceeding with this study....it is already in progress.  Councilperson Freer asked about the cost of the entire project and the answer was 2.1 million.  1.2 million for the treatment plant and $600,000 for slope re-mediation.  We must have the report before we go to bonding.  Eventually, FEMA will need to reimburse the town.

 

3.  Drum & Bugle Corp.  (Children’s Home) Re: Use of St. Remy Field

 

This has been approved.

 

4.  Resolution - Re: Senior Exemption

 

RESOLUTION TO AUTHORIZE

RAISING THE INCOME RANGE FOR SENIOR TAXATION EXEMPTION

JUNE 19, 2008

 

BE IT RESOLVED, by the Town Board of the Town of Esopus, in the County of Ulster the following:

 

WHEREAS, we have reviewed and discussed information provided to us by the Town Assessor,

 

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Town of Esopus Town Board authorizes the Town Assessor to raise the income range for senior taxation exemptions.

 

Resolution offered by: Councilperson Wayne Freer

Resolution seconded by: Councilperson Deborah Silvestro

 

                                                Absent:           Supervisor John Coutant

                                                                        Councilperson Gloria VanVliet       Aye

                                                                        Councilperson Wayne Freer            Aye

                                                                        Councilperson Deborah Silvestro    Aye

                                                                        Councilperson Carl Belfiglio            Aye

 

Resolution duly adopted.

 

 

5.  Resolution - Re: McCormick Settlement

 

RESOLUTION TO APPROVE ORDERS

AND STIPULATION OF SETTLEMENT

TOWN OF ESOPUS ADV.  MCCORMICK

JUNE 19, 2008

 

BE IT RESOLVED, by the Town Board of the Town of Esopus, in the County of Ulster the following:

 

WHEREAS, we have received and reviewed the proposed Orders and Stipulations of Settlement in the above referenced matter,

 

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Town of Esopus Town Board authorizes our attorney to execute the Stipulations on behalf of the Town.

 

Resolution offered by: Councilperson Gloria VanVliet

Resolution seconded by: Councilperson Carl Belfiglio

 

                                                Absent:           Supervisor John Coutant

                                                                        Councilperson Gloria VanVliet       Aye

                                                                        Councilperson Wayne Freer            Aye

                                                                        Councilperson Deborah Silvestro    Aye

                                                                        Councilperson Carl Belfiglio            Aye

 

Resolution duly adopted.

 

6.  Resolution - Re: Gordon

 

RESOLUTION TO AUTHORIZE APPEAL

GORDON et al Adv. TOWN OF ESOPUS et al

June 19, 2008

 

BE IT RESOLVED, by the Town Board of the Town of Esopus, in the County of Ulster the following:

 

WHEREAS, we have received and reviewed information received from our Attorney regarding the above reference matter,

 

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Town of Esopus Town Board authorizes our Attorney to go forward with filing the necessary papers for an Appeal in this matter.

 

 

 

 

Resolution offered by: Councilperson Carl Belfiglio

Resolution seconded by: Councilperson Gloria VanVliet

 

                                                            Absent:           Supervisor John Coutant

                                                                                         Councilperson Gloria VanVliet  Aye

                                                                                         Councilperson Wayne Freer       Aye

                                                                                         Councilperson Deborah Silvestro    Aye

                                                                                         Councilperson Carl Belfiglio       Aye

 

Resolution duly adopted.

 

 

7.  Resolution - RE: Hudson River Estuary Action Grant

 

RESOLUTION TO APPLY FOR

2008 HUDSON RIVER ESTUARY ACTION GRANT

 

BE IT RESOLVED, by the Town Board of the Town of Esopus, in the County of Ulster, the following:

 

The Town Board of the Town of Esopus authorizes the Deputy Town Supervisor to sign grant application for 2008 Hudson River Estuary Action Grant being applied for by the Waterfront Advisory Board Committee.

 

Resolution offered by: Councilperson Deborah Silvestro

Resolution seconded by: Councilperson Gloria VanVliet

 

                                                Absent:           Supervisor John Coutant

                                                                        Councilperson Gloria VanVliet       Aye

                                                                        Councilperson Wayne Freer            Aye

                                                                        Councilperson Deborah Silvestro    Aye

                                                                        Councilperson Carl Belfiglio            Aye

 

Resolution duly adopted.

 

 

 

8.  Resolution - Re: Environmental Protection Fund Grant (EPF)

 

RESOLUTION TO APPLY FOR

ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION FUND GRANT (EPF)

JUNE 19, 2008

 

 

 

BE IT RESOLVED, by the Town Board of the Town of Esopus, in the County of Ulster, the following:

 

The Town Board of the Town of Esopus authorizes the Deputy Town Supervisor to sign grant application for a 2008-2009 Environmental Protection Fund Grant being applied for by the Waterfront Advisory Board Committee through the Local Waterfront Revitalization Program.

 

Resolution offered by: Councilperson Deborah Silvestro

Resolution seconded by: Councilperson Carl Belfiglio

 

                                    Absent:           Supervisor John Coutant

                                                            Councilperson Gloria VanVliet       Aye

                                                            Councilperson Wayne Freer            Aye

                                                            Councilperson Deborah Silvestro    Aye

                                                            Councilperson Carl Belfiglio            Aye

 

Resolution duly adopted.

 

9.  Bags for Leaf Pickup Circular Distributed

 

Deputy Supervisor Wayne Freer mentioned leaf pickup this fall will be collected in paper bags only.  These bags can be obtained from most markets and hardware stores.

 

10.  Violence in the Workplace/Sexual Harassment Classes

 

Town employees will attend classes on June 25, 2008 at l PM in the Town Hall.

 

11.  Support Letter to Promote Watershed Awareness Grant Application

 

Manna Jo Green has asked for a letter of support from the town regarding a 2009-2010 NYS DEC Hudson River Estuary Grant Funding Application –Proposal for Extending the Rondout Creek Watershed Management Plan for the Lower, Non-Tidal Rondout Creek to the Tidal Rondout.  Utilizing a Watershed Approach to Urban Storm water Management. 

 

A Motion was made by Deputy Supervisor Wayne Freer to authorize a letter of support be written for the 2009-2010 NYS DEC Hudson River Estuary Grant Funding Application.  Councilperson Deborah Silvestro seconded the Motion.  All Town Board Members were in favor.  Motion Carried.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

12.  American Legion Veterans’ Monument to be moved to Town Hall property.

 

A request has been made by American Legion Post 1298 to move the Veteran’s Monument now located at the Klyne Esopus Museum to the new Town Hall property.  The existing monument will be replaced due to the deterioration of the concrete surrounding the name plaque.

 

 

RESOLUTION TO PLACE VETERAN’S MONUMENT

ON TOWN HALL PROPERTY

 

WHEREAS, the Town Board of the Town of Esopus has been made aware of the deteriorating condition of the Veterans’ monument presently located on the grounds of the Klyne Esopus Museum,

 

WHEREAS, this monument is dedicated to the Veteran’s of the Town of Esopus who served our country in foreign wars,

 

WHEREAS, the original part of this monument was made possible by donations of pupils of the public school of the Town of Esopus,

 

WHEREAS, the original part of this monument was made possible by donations of pupils of the public school of the Town of Esopus,

 

WHEREAS, a request was made of the Town Board of the Town of Esopus by veterans Margaret Yost and Thomas Triscari for a small parcel of land on the new Town Hall property located at 284-286 Broadway, Port Ewen, for the relocation and reconstruction of a new monument incorporating elements of the deteriorating monument,

 

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Town Board of the Town of Esopus grants the request of the representative of the American Legion, owners of said monument, to relocate and reconstruct a monument worthy of the Veterans of the Town of Esopus, to be reconstructed and maintained by the American Legion Post 1298 on land set aside for said monument in a location that will be accessible to the residents of the Town.

 

Resolution offered by Councilperson Deborah Silvestro

Resolution seconded by Deputy Supervisor Wayne Freer

 

                                                Absent:           Supervisor John Coutant

                                                                        Deputy Supervisor Wayne Freer     Aye

                                                                        Councilperson Gloria VanVliet       Aye

                                                                        Councilperson Deborah Silvestro    Aye

                                                                        Councilperson Carl Belfiglio            Aye

Resolution duly adopted.

 

 

13.  Payment of Vouchers

 

RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING PAYMENT OF BILLS SINCE JUNE 2008

 

Be it Resolved, by the Town Board of the Town of Esopus, County of Ulster as follows:

 

Whereas, the Town of Esopus has been presented with vouchers for payment and these vouchers have been examined and approved by the Town Board,

 

Now, Therefore, Be it Resolved, that the following vouchers be approved for payment:

 

General Fund                        #081282-081340                                 $           34,027.62      

                                               

Highway Fund                       #0821310082159                                            45,338.43

 

Capital                                    #085048-085055                                             352,700.19

 

Street Lights                          #086006                                                             4,933.94

 

Port Ewen Sewer                  #083070-083082                                                8,817.19

                                               

Port Ewen Water                  #084148-084174                                              31,606.31

 

 

                                                                                                                        __________

                                                                                                                        $477,423.68

 

Resolution offered by Councilperson Gloria VanVliet

Resolution seconded by Deputy Supervisor Wayne Freer

 

                        Absent:           Supervisor John Coutant

                                                Councilperson Gloria VanVliet       Aye

                                                Deputy Supervisor Wayne Freer     Aye

                                                Councilperson Deborah Silvestro    Aye

                                                Councilperson Carl Belfiglio            Aye

 

Resolution duly

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

14.  Budget Adjustments

 

Be it Resolved, by the Town Board of the Town of Esopus, County of Ulster as follows:

 

Whereas, the Town Board of the Town of Esopus has been presented with the following budget adjustments,

 

Now, Therefore, Be it Resolved, that the following budget adjustments be apporved:

 

Dogs Contractual                    AO.599.          $197.45           A3510.4

Building Publications              AO.599           $436.00           A1620.407

 

Resolution offered by Councilperson Gloria VanVliet

Resolution seconded by Deputy Supervisor Wayne Freer

 

                                    Absent:           Supervisor John Coutant

                                                            Deputy Supervisor Wayne Freer     Aye

                                                            Councilperson Gloria VanVliet       Aye

                                                            Councilperson Deborah Silvestro    Aye

                                                            Councilperson Carl Belfiglio            Aye

 


                                                           

Resolution duly adopted.

 

Communications/Reports of Committees and Boards

 

The communications for the month are available in the Town Clerks’ Office along with the following reports of Boards and Committees:

 

Supervisor’s Report

Town Clerk Report for May 2008

Building Dept. Report for May 2008

Assessors’ Monthly Report dated June 2008

Planning Board Minutes for May 2008

Zoning Board Minutes dated May 2008

Port Ewen Water & Sewer Report dated May 2008

 

A MOTION TO ADJOURN WAS MADE BY COUNCILPERSON GLORIA VANVLIET AT 8:32 PM AND WAS SECONDED BY COUNCILPERSON DEBORAH SILVESTRO.  ALL TOWN BOARD MEMBERS VOTED IN FAVOR.  MOTION CARRIED.

 

                                                                        Respectfully submitted,

                                                                        Diane L. McCord, Town Clerk, CMC, RMC